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Reopening Orpington: Shops, pubs, gyms and more reopen today

Updated: Apr 14

Today we move into Step 2 of the Government’s roadmap for cautiously easing coronavirus restrictions.


In this step, non-essential shops, hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, gyms and spas can reopen. Pubs, restaurants and cafes can serve customers outside - with no curfew or requirement for a substantial meal alongside alcohol.


Other outdoor settings and attractions can also reopen, including zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances events.


Who can you meet? Indoors venues can only be visited alone or with household groups. Outdoors up to six people or two households can meet.


Where can you go? Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted, and self-contained accommodation can also reopen. However, only a single household or support bubble can stay together.


Up to two people can now visit care home residents. All children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport. Parents and child groups of up to 15 people can restart indoors.


Funerals can continue with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, outdoor receptions, and commemorative events, including wakes, can now have up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).


As restrictions ease, we must continue to follow the remaining rules to protect ourselves, our family and our community from coronavirus.


Let's make this the last lockdown. So, please follow the remaining rules, get tested regularly, self-isolate when required, and get vaccinated.


And let's support our local businesses and enjoy the Spring, safely and responsibly.


To read more about the changes to coronavirus restrictions from today, please visit the Government website.

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